The 2019 Buried Alive Film Festival wraps up this weekend at the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and there’s plenty of great features and shorts to see. Over the next two days, BAFF offers five feature films and five short film blocks, plus a Troma-themed burlesque show! With a wealth of cinematic riches, MMC! is here to point the way with ten films to watch out for this Saturday and Sunday!
Check the BAFF schedule for program information to plan your burial and MMC!’s Letterboxd list for the Fest for more reviews!
1. J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius (Sandy K. Boon, 2019)
One of MMC!’s BAFF favourites, Sandy K. Boon’s J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius examines the countercultural religion of “two self-proclaimed weirdos in Ft. Worth, Texas” and their crusade against normalcy. This documentary features wonderful interview subjects, including Richard Linklater, Penn Gilette, and Nick Offerman, as well as an array of Bob followers providing thoughtful reflection on 40 years of protecting their slack against the conspiracy. Subgenius is an intriguing companion to another popular 2019 portrait of an alternative religion, Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?, as both the Subgeniuses and The Satanic Temple embrace an absurdly theatrical image, however Boon’s film offers a mature reflection on cult’s complicated history that contrasts Lane’s earnestly sanitized presentation of the Temple as it searches for legitimacy. Preserve your slack and check out J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius at 2:00 on Sunday!
The 2019 Buried Alive Film Festival kicks off today with its Sinema Challenge screenings. Four days of feature and short film programming commence tomorrow with the “First Shovel in the Grave is Always Best!” Shorts Block and the hits just keep coming after that. In anticipation of BAFF, MMC! offers ten great reasons to get Buried Alive this Thursday and Friday. Laughs, scares, and some stomach-churning content awaits, so don’t miss it!
Check out BAFF’s schedule for screening details and check out my Letterboxd list of the Fest for MMC! reviews.
1. VFW (Joe Begos, 2019)
Full disclosure: I haven’t seen Joe Begos’ VFW (2019). That might make it an odd place to start for recommendations, however reviews for VFW have been uniformly positive. This throwback action film pits a collection of war veterans (and an innocent teen) against a drug dealer and a horde of mutant junkies. Recalling John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Begos offers a intricate plot and a bounty practical effects, creating a gory, siege film spectacle. Word is that VFW is best seen with a crowd and one will surely be waiting at the 7 Stages Theatre on Friday at 8 pm.
For those wondering what happened to October’s “10 on the 10th” post, I simply forgot it was the 10th! No such oversight this month, with Parasite taking top marks and currently sitting second on my favourite films of 2019 behind Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse. Sam Rockwell and Archie Yates steal this list with their wonderful performances in Jojo Rabbit, while Edith Massey in Polyester claims the best line with, “At first I thought he was walking his dog. Then I realized, it was his date.”
- Nightmare Cinema (Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Ryûhei Kitamura, and David Slade, 2018)
- Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019)
- Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski, 2015)
- The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999)
- Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley 2019)
- The Hired Hand (Peter Fonda, 1971)
- Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)
- Polyester (John Waters, 1981)
- Slice (Austin Vesely, 2018)
- Halloween (David Gordon Green, 2018)
In unrelated but splendid news, MMC! will be providing coverage of the 2019 Buried Alive Film Festival! BAFF starts this upcoming Wednesday with its Sinema Challenge screenings, then launches into their feature and short film program on Thursday, culminating with an evening of awards and screenings next Sunday. Those in and around Atlanta should check out Buried Alive’s site for schedule information and tickets on its latest and greatest schedule.
The 2019 Buried Alive Film Festival is set to return to the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta on November 13-17 and a full schedule is now released! Atlanta’s premiere horror film festival has an exciting array of shorts (50 by my count) and features, plus a burlesque performance of The Toxic Avenger by Blast Off Burlesque and a screening of Andrew Leman’s The Call of Cthulhu accompanied with a new score by the psychedelic instrumental space jazz group Samadha. Check out BAFF’s latest press release below and visit the Fest’s site for full details!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The schedule is all set and tickets are now on sale for this year’s festival and we’re excited to officially announce our features for Buried Alive Film Festival 2019!
With 3 local features and a host of shorts, this year we have 5 feature film selections officially submitted to the jury.
ANTRUM (Thursday 11/14 9:30 PM)
Antrum, a feature length film shot in the late 1970’s, is cursed. In 1988, a movie theatre in Budapest that was screening the film burnt to the ground, killing the 56 people who were in attendance. This incident follows the inexplicable deaths of a number of film festival programmers that had received Antrum as a submission and died shortly after watching the film. These events culminated with a riot during an exhibition in San Francisco, after which the film vanished. These events have created a belief that watching Antrum will you kill you. Else Films has successfully tracked down a sole copy of the film for public release. This is that film.
The Buried Alive Film Festival wraps up this Sunday and MMC! is here to tell you why you should go! In addition to another screening of The Golem with a live score by the band Samadha (just in case you miss the screening and performance this Friday), there are two feature films, two supporting shorts, the “Why Bury Good Meat?” short program, and BAFF’s awards ceremony.
There’s plenty of good stuff to see on BAFF’s final day and MMC! has its favourites. Here, dear readers, are five MMC!-approved titles to BAFF this Sunday:
The Buried Alive Film Festival’s program for Saturday, November 17, is STACKED with three new feature films, one rep-pick, two supporting features, the Eyeslicer short film program, nine more short films in the “It’s Never Too Early to Start Digging Graves” block, and one burlesque show compliments of Blast Off Burlesque. Now that’s a full day of entertainment!
Overwhelmed with a bounty of goodness, MMC!‘s previews can only be more important, pointing the path from mere goodness and toward greatness. Here, dear readers, are five MMC!-approved reasons (that are actually nine reasons) to BAFF this Saturday: